The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields have an essential musical role at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Each year twelve scholars – many of whom are music college students or graduates – are appointed to sing Choral Eucharist and Evensong every Wednesday during term time. They also gain concert experience through our lunchtime and evening concert series, and benefit from an extensive programme of training in different aspects of church and choral music.
Recent highlights of the scheme include participating in A Celebration for Ascension Day live on BBC Radio 4 under the direction of John Rutter and performing with Streetwise Opera and Woven Gold in a concert in aid of the Connection at St Martin’s. In July 2014 the Choral Scholars toured York and Northumberland, and in May 2015 they visited Berlin.
“The training I have received at St Martin’s helped me to gain a Choral Scholarship with the Chapel Choir for my final year at Royal Holloway, and I am thrilled to have been selected for The Sixteen’s training scheme, Genesis Sixteen, for 2012-13.” Jessica Smith, Choral Scholar 2011-12.
“My year at St Martin’s was one of the most beneficial things I have ever done, both in terms of my development as a singer and a musician. Both my singing technique and my sight-reading improved significantly over the course of the year, and the development of these key skills has aided me greatly in my singing at Cambridge. The opportunity to sing in concerts at one of London’s most prestigious venues was also invaluable. Most importantly, I had a fantastic time at St Martin’s, meeting and working with some amazing people, and had an unforgettable gap year experience!” James Robinson, Choral Scholar 2010-11